Lab Report Guidelines
I composed this short (but very detailed) guide to help students write better lab reports in an Animal Physiology lab I was teaching.


Lab Report Guidelines

Consult this handout as a checklist only after you have written most of your lab report.  Do not work from it as a template.  If you do, you will create a bland report.  Write as much as you can before you use this as a crutch.  That being said, this document will help you pull it all together and will keep you from losing points by turning in a less-than-professional lab report.


Title Page
Should contain:


Typical (but Major) mistakes:


Introduction Typical (but Major) mistakes:
Intro covers too little (or too much!) background.


Materials and Methods


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Results


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Discussion


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Conclusions


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Stylistic issues



Some suggestions
* Upon receipt of this document, you are henceforth responsible for adherence to the guidelines contained within and will be penalized accordingly for deviations from said guidelines.

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